Staff Awards

Staff Awards

Welcome to the Staff Awards website, where we recognise and celebrate the achievements of our faculty and staff. If you wish to share any prizes or awards received, new appointments or memberships in prestigious boards or societies, and other notable achievements, we would love to hear from you.

11 October 2018

NUS President conferred Yale medal

NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye has been honoured for his outstanding achievements with the prestigious Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, the highest award that can be bestowed on an alumnus by Yale University and the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association.

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05 October 2018

Prof John Lim conferred 2018 Founders Award

Professor John Lim of Duke-NUS Medical School has been conferred the 2018 Founders Award by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.

Professor John Lim of Duke-NUS Medical School has been conferred the 2018 Founders Award by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), one of the largest global organisations involved with the regulation of healthcare and related products.

The Founder’s Award, RAPS’ highest honour, acknowledges exemplary professionals who have had a substantial and sustained impact over the course of their careers.  This year’s award recognises Prof Lim’s contribution towards driving excellence in the regulatory profession, as well as promoting good regulatory practice and policies in advancing public health.

 

23 August 2018

Freshwater crab conservation work recognised

Assistant Professor Darren Yeo from NUS Biological Sciences was part of the freshwater crab conservation working group that received a Minister’s Award (Team) in recognition for work on species recovery and conservation of the critically endangered Singapore freshwater crab Johora singaporensis.

Assistant Professor Darren Yeo  (in white in the photo) from NUS Biological Sciences was part of the freshwater crab conservation working group that received a Minister’s Award (Team) in recognition for work on species recovery and conservation of the critically endangered Singapore freshwater crab Johora singaporensis, one of the world’s 100 most threatened species.  The group was led by the Singapore National Parks Board (NParks), with representatives from the Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

The award, presented at the Ministry of National Development (MND) National Day Observance Ceremony on 8 August 2018, is one of 15 awards given out to projects across MND and one of two awarded projects from NParks.

06 August 2018

Asst Prof Reza Shokri recognised for privacy enhancing research

Assistant Professor Reza Shokri from NUS Computing has received the Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies for his work on privacy in machine learning.

Assistant Professor Reza Shokri from the Department of Computer Science at NUS Computing has received the Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET) for his work on privacy in machine learning.

The award recognises hicontributions to designing new algorithms for analysing data privacy in complex machine learning models, and for uncovering the privacy vulnerabilities of major machine learning as a service platforms.

The Caspar Bowden PET award is presented annually to researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to the theory, design, implementation or deployment of privacy enhancing technology.

Asst Prof Shokri was presented with the award on July 26 at the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium in Barcelona, for his paper “Membership Inference Attacks against Machine Learning Models”.

The paper proposes a new attack algorithm to infer whether a data record has been used in the training set of a model, by just having access to the model’s predictions.

According to this research, learning that a data record was used to train a particular model is an indication of information leakage through the model. In some cases, it can directly lead to a privacy breach. For example, knowing that a certain patient’s clinical record was used to train a model associated with a disease can reveal that the patient has this disease.

The empirical results of the research show that complex models and machine learning as a service platforms are very susceptible to such attacks, and may leak a significant amount of information about the individual data records in their training sets to untrusted entities.

13 July 2018

Prof John Lim named DIA global connector

Professor John Lim, Executive Director of the Centre of Regulatory Excellence at Duke-NUS Medical School, has been conferred the 2018 Drug Information Association (DIA) Global Connector Inspire Award. 

Professor John Lim, Executive Director of the Centre of Regulatory Excellence at Duke-NUS Medical School, has been conferred the 2018 Drug Information Association (DIA) Global Connector Inspire Award. 

Prof Lim was selected by the Board of Directors and Fellows of DIA for the award in recognition of his meritorious service through a leadership role, which has advanced the mission of DIA and promoted global collaborations in healthcare.

DIA is a global association that mobilises life science professionals from across all areas of expertise to engage with patients, peers and thought leaders in a neutral environment on the issues of today and the possibilities for tomorrow.

The award recipients were hosted to a dinner by the DIA Board and Fellows on 24 June 2018 at the Harvard Club. A separate announcement about the awards was also made through a video clip at the DIA 2018 Global Conference opening session the next day.

05 July 2018

Xiamen University honours Prof Hew Choy Leong

NUS Emeritus Professor Hew Choy Leong was presented with two distinguished awards by Xiamen University’s School of Life Sciences on 30 June 2018 for his lifelong contributions towards life sciences.

NUS Emeritus Professor Hew Choy Leong was presented with two distinguished awards by Xiamen University’s School of Life Sciences on 30 June 2018 for his lifelong contributions towards life sciences.

The Outstanding Contribution Award honours Prof Hew for his help and support in fostering research collaboration with Xiamen University. His efforts included teaching protein chemistry and molecular biology, arranging for Xiamen faculty staff visits to NUS, recruitment of graduate students to NUS Department of Biological Sciences, and the establishment of the Xiamen Winter Symposia.

Prof Hew also received the Special Contribution Award for establishing the joint Xiamen-NUS Biomedical Research Laboratory, funded by the Ministry of Education in China. The programme was renewed for another 10 years in 2018 with an annual budget of RMB1 million per year.

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